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WVC 47 - 20 - 15 §47-20-15. Payment of reasonable expenses from proceeds; net proceeds disbursement.
(a) The reasonable, necessary and actual expenses incurred in connection with the conduct of bingo occasions, not to exceed twenty-five percent of the gross proceeds collected during a license period, may be paid out of the gross proceeds of the conduct of bingo, including, but not limited to:

(1) Rent paid for the use of the premises: Provided, That a copy of the rental agreement was filed with the bingo license application and any changes to the rental agreement were filed within ten days of being made: Provided, however, That in no event may the rent paid for the use of any premises exceed the fair market value of rent for the premises;

(2) The cost of custodial services;

(3) The cost to the licensee organization for equipment and supplies used to conduct the bingo occasion;

(4) The cost to the licensee organization for advertising the bingo occasion;

(5) The cost of hiring security personnel, licensed pursuant to the provisions of article eighteen, chapter thirty of this code; and

(6) The cost of providing child care services to the raffle patrons: Provided, That any proceeds received from the provision of child care services shall be handled the same as raffle proceeds.

(b) The actual cost to the licensee for prizes, not to exceed the amounts as specified in section ten of this article, may be paid out of the gross proceeds of the conduct of bingo.

(c) The cost of any refreshments, souvenirs or any other item sold or otherwise provided through any concession to the patrons may not be paid for out of the gross proceeds from the bingo occasion. The licensee shall expend all net bingo proceeds and any interest earned on the proceeds for the charitable or public service purposes stated in the application within one year after the expiration of the license under which the bingo occasions were conducted. A licensee which does not qualify as a qualified recipient organization may apply to the commissioner at the time it applies for a bingo license or as provided in subsection (e) of this section for permission to apply any or all of its net proceeds to directly support a charitable or public service activity or endeavor which it sponsors.

(d) No gross proceeds from any bingo operation may be devoted or in any manner used by any licensee or qualified recipient organization for the construction or acquisition of real or personal property except that which is used exclusively for one or more charitable or public service purposes or as provided in subdivision (3), subsection (a) of this section.

(e) The tax commissioner has the authority to disapprove any contract for sale of goods or services to any charitable bingo licensee for use in or with relation to any charitable bingooperation or occasion, or any lease of real or tangible personal property to any charitable bingo licensee for use in or with relation to any charitable bingo operation or occasion, if the contract or lease is unreasonable or not representative of fair market value. Contracts or leases which are disapproved shall be considered to be in contravention of this article, and are void. Any attempt by any charitable bingo licensee to engage in transactions under the terms of any lease or contract that has been disapproved is grounds for revocation or suspension of the charitable bingo license and for refusal by the tax commissioner to renew the charitable bingo license.

(f) If a property owner or lessee, including his or her agent, has entered into a rental contract to hold super bingo occasions on his or her premises, the premises shall be rented, for super bingo occasions, to not more than four super bingo licensees during any period of four consecutive calendar weeks: Provided, That each of the charitable or public service organizations desiring to hold a super bingo occasion must possess its own super bingo license. Subject to this limitation, the premises may be used for super bingo occasions during two consecutive days during a conventional weekend. For purposes of this subsection, the term "conventional weekend" means Saturday and Sunday: Provided, however, That the super bingo occasions may occur at the same facility no more often than alternating weekends during a calendar month.

(g) Any licensee which, in good faith, finds itself unable tocomply with the requirements of this provision shall apply to the commissioner for permission to expend its net proceeds for one or more charitable or public service purposes other than that stated in its license application or for permission to expend its net proceeds later than the one-year time period specified in this section. The application shall be on a form furnished by the commissioner and shall include the particulars of the requested changes and the reasons for the changes. The application shall be filed no later than sixty days before the end of the one-year period specified in this section. In the case of an application to extend the time in which the net proceeds are to be expended for a charitable or public service purpose, the licensee shall file such periodic reports with the commissioner as the commissioner directs until the proceeds are expended.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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